Four Celebrity Antique Collectors

Four Celebrity Antique CollectorsCollecting is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages—from kids keeping stamps and stationeries, to adults with action figures and cars. Anybody can collect anything, and anything can be collected, especially antiques.

Antiques are well-loved not only for the memories and history they hold, but also for the elegance they bring to any room. Antique furniture and rugs are among the most popular collectibles, with a fan base that extends from the ordinary citizen to those of the upper class.

Celebrities are no exception. Below is a list of a few celebrity antique collectors and what they collect – ranging from furniture to rugs.

1. Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress is known to many fans of Agent Double-Oh-Seven as the first Bond girl. Fast forward a few years and she’s now enjoying collecting beautiful things from all over the world. An avid collector, she frequents flea markets and antique shops looking through furniture, rugs, frames, and paintings which she ships to her home. The extent of her passion for collecting antiques has led her to even renting out a warehouse to store antiques she might not have room for.

2. Sigmund Freud

The Father of Psychoanalysis may no longer be an active persona in these modern times, but back in the day he was celebrated for more than just his studies and findings. Sigmund Freud had a collection of antique rugs that were known to be one of the finest rug collections to exist on the European continent. Currently, many of these fine antique rugs are on display at the Freud Museum in London.

3. Oprah Winfrey

Who doesn’t know Oprah Winfrey? Often times considered to be one of the most powerful celebrities, she has used this status to reach out and help those in need. In November 2013, the Oprah Winfrey Collection auction was launched to benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund. Auctioned pieces came from her collection of antiques and included signed memorabilia as well as fine art.

4. Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni is best known for his role as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on NBC’s Law and Order. He may be a tough character on camera, but in real life, he does have a softer side that few people may know about. This includes an appreciation for vintage rugs and fine textiles that started when he first took a trip out to Turkey back in 1995. Since then, his collection has expanded and now includes Persian rugs, Turkish prayer rugs, and even Navajo rugs.

5. Sheryl Crow

The singer behind such hits as “If it Makes You Happy” and “The First Cut is the Deepest,” Sheryl Crow is quite the collector herself and has even collected while on tour. One such special piece was an antique dining table that was previously utilized in a linen factory, and which currently calls as its abode the celebrity’s Spanish colonial home in Hollywood Hills.

Collecting antiques isn’t just for the die-hard furniture collector; it can be for anyone from your next door neighbor to your favorite celebrity on TV. You can easily start by browsing French antique furniture online shops or visiting the nearest auction house.

Angie Cole

Angie Cole

Angie Cole is a fan of everything vintage and admires true old-world craftsmanship. She writes for Antiques on Old Plank Road, a furniture shop that imports and restores European quality antique and vintage pieces.
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